Looking for the best baked eggs recipe? Cooking cheesy baked eggs with tomatoes is it!! It's the perfect breakfast or brunch main dish that's full of flavor and not tons of work. It's super easy and versatile.
I am always looking for healthy and different ways to serve breakfast. Aren't you? Baking eggs in tomato is such a great way to start your day!
My grandfather always grew so many tomatoes in his garden, just like we do, and this was always another great idea to use them up!
I remember picking the tomatoes and eating them like an apple from the plant in his garden. Once I had one with an egg baked in it I was hooked!
Over the years I have changed this oven-baked eggs recipe a little but this is basically the way my grandmother used to make them! These are definitely worth a try!
Why You Will Love This Recipe
- Made with simple and flavorful ingredients with minimal effort required.
- Serve up for dinner too! This baked egg tomato dish makes a wonderful breakfast or brunch idea but you can't forget about dinner! I can't be the only one who loves breakfast for dinner!
- They travel well! You can pick them all right up and take them with you if you are on the go.
You'll only need a few basic ingredients to make this easy, delicious recipe. The main players are here. You'll find the complete list along with amounts in the recipe card at the end of the post.
- Tomato: Choose larger round, meaty tomatoes such as beefsteak tomatoes. You could get by with roma tomatoes but they are a bit small.
- Egg: I like to use large eggs to fill up the tomatoes.
- Cheese: Any flavor works. Try this egg and tomato recipe with cheddar, parmesan, mozzarella, or feta.
- Seasonings: Basil or thyme and garlic powder give it a punch of flavor.
- Add More Vegetables: Add some spinach, kale, sauteed mushrooms, or onions to the bottom of the tomato under the egg.
- Add Meat: Add diced cooked bacon, ham, or sausage crumbles to the bottom of the tomato before adding the egg mixture.
- Spicy Eggs: Add a bit of chili pepper flakes, diced jalapeno pepper, our jalapeno powder, smoked jalapeno powder, or chipotle powder to the egg mixture for a bit of heat. You can also serve up our homemade hot pepper sauce on the table as well.
How to Make Eggs in a Tomato
This is an easy recipe that anyone can make. It just takes a bit of prep and then baking. That's it!
The highlights are here, but you'll find the exact instructions in the recipe card at the end of the post.
- Slice off the top of the tomato and scoop out the core, seeds, and pulp each tomato.
- Arrange the tomatoes upright on a baking tray. You may need to trim a small slice to make them stand up straight.
- Brush the tomatoes with oil and season with salt, pepper, and spices. Then bake the tomatoes for fifteen minutes.
- Add the shredded cheese to the bottom of each tomato.Top with a whole egg.
- Bake again until the eggs are set and then serve immediately.
Refrigerator: Store for up to 4 days in an airtight container.
Freezer: These are terrible if you freeze them. Don't do it!
Make Ahead: These are delicious when freshly baked. While they can be reheated, they're never quite as good, so make these fresh whenever possible.
What to Serve with Eggs in a Tomato
These versatile bites are great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and they pair well with just about everything. But here are a few ideas:
- They go great with these air fryer sausage patties and crispy bacon twists.
- For brunch, serve up something sweet with them! I love these air fryer cinnamon rolls!
- When it comes to a side of potatoes, these air fryer parmesan potatoes or air fryer garlic potatoes work great!
- For dinner, they go great with rice and pasta.
- The tomatoes need to stand up straight on the baking tray. You may need to slice a little off the bottom of the tomato so they don't wobble.
- For easy cleanup, wrap your baking sheet with tinfoil and lightly coat it with cooking spray. This also helps prevent them from rolling around while baking.
- Serve immediately after cooking for the best flavor.
- Always preheat your oven to ensure even cooking.
- Experiment with other herbs and spices to alter flavor to suit your personal preference.
Sure! Feel free to experiment with different herbs and spices to customize this egg and tomato recipe to your own tastes. Have fun with it!
Absolutely! Feel free to add in some spinach, mushrooms, bell peppers or any other veggies you like. We recommend sautéing them first as they will cook faster than the eggs and tomatoes.
We recommend using Roma, plum, or beefsteak tomatoes for the best results. They are a bit firmer and maintain their shape better in the oven than softer varieties like vine-ripened tomatoes.
The Best Baked Eggs in a Tomato Video
Take a moment to check out our video below! You will love how easy this recipe truly is!
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Ready to get cooking? Remember that you can print this recipe if you would like.
Easy Baked Eggs in a Tomato
- Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
- Prepare a baking sheet with tinfoil lightly coated in cooking spray. Set aside.
- Slice the top off your tomatoes, on the stem side, and use a small spoon to scrape out the core, seeds and pulp.
- Arrange on your prepared baking sheet. You might need to slice a little off the bottom of each tomato to keep them from rolling around on your pan. They have to be as level as possible.
- Using a brush, paint oil all over the inside and outside of each tomato, and season with salt and pepper.
- Sprinkle with basil or thyme and garlic.
- Bake tomatoes for 15 minutes.
- Sprinkle or place a pinch of cheese on the bottom of the tomato.
- Crack an egg and gently slide it into each tomato.
- Sprinkle a quick shake of salt and pepper and some more cheese.
- Return to the oven and bake until eggs are set, 8 to 11 more minutes. Serve immediately. Enjoy!
This post was originally published April 2019. It has been updated with new images and content.